Health

1909, 2017

‘Window of opportunity’ closing on non-communicable diseases, warns UN health agency

September 19th, 2017|Health, News|

Millions around the globe are dying prematurely from diseases such as cancer or heart disease, the United Nations health agency warned, urging governments to step up efforts to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the […]

1608, 2017

Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

August 16th, 2017|Health, News|

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.

“Governments that are party to the Convention are now legally bound to take a range of measures to protect human health and the environment by addressing mercury throughout its lifecycle,” […]

708, 2017

UN health agency working to boost malaria prevention and control in north-eastern Nigeria

August 7th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency estimates that if more funds are secured, up to 10,000 lives in Nigeria could be saved by November through targeted steps in malaria prevention and control.

108, 2017

Breastfeeding is ‘smartest investment’ families, communities and countries can make – UN

August 1st, 2017|Education, Health, Hunger and food security, News|

Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.

2707, 2017

Ahead of World Day, UN agency says fight against hepatitis ‘gaining momentum’

July 27th, 2017|Health, News|

On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the United Nations health agency released a study that reveals efforts to eliminate the disease are gaining momentum globally.

1207, 2017

Safe, effective family planning is key to ‘empowering people, developing nations’ – UN

July 12th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, Hunger and food security, News, Poverty|

If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations population agency today said.

707, 2017

Antibiotic resistance making gonorrhoea ‘sometimes impossible’ to treat – UN health agency

July 7th, 2017|Health, News|

Gonorrhoea is becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the United Nations health agency today cautioned, adding that there is a need for better prevention and treatment of the disease that infects an estimated 78 million people each year.

2806, 2017

Investing in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, UNICEF study finds

June 28th, 2017|Health, News|

Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

2206, 2017

UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern ‘laptop’ lives

June 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

1406, 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

June 14th, 2017|Health, News|

As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.